Guide

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge
Last updated: 9 December 2019

Eligibility

In some cases, you might automatically get a Blue Badge. In other cases, the council will assess your eligibility. This may include going to a mobility assessment and meeting a healthcare professional.

You will automatically get a Blue Badge if you:

  • are under 16 and have a letter confirming your eligibility from your visual impairment care team
  • are 16 or over and registered or certified as severely sight impaired
  • get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • get Personal Independence Payment and scored 8 points or more in the 'moving around' area of your assessment
  • get Personal Independence Payment and scored 12 points or more in the 'planning and following a journey' area of your assessment
  • get Personal Independence Payment and used to get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance on an indefinite or lifetime basis
  • get Personal Independence Payment, used to get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, and your Personal Independence Payment decision is being appealed
  • get War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
  • got a lump sum payment from tariffs 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability

You could get a Blue Badge if you:

  • have a substantial disability lasting at least 12 months that means you cannot walk at all
  • have a substantial disability lasting at least 12 months that means you're virtually unable to walk
  • regularly drive and cannot use parking meters because of a severe disability in both arms
  • are responsible for a child under 3 years old who needs to be kept close to a vehicle for medical treatment
  • are responsible for a child under 3 years old who uses bulky medical equipment that cannot be carried around
  • have a mental condition that means you lack awareness about the danger of traffic when making journeys

If you have a mental condition that means you lack awareness about the danger of traffic when making journeys, you cannot apply online. You should call your local council's Blue Badge team to discuss your case.


Visit GOV.UK to check your eligibility and apply for a Blue Badge.

Once you apply, your local council will process your application. They will give you a decision in around 12 weeks.

Councils can charge up to £20 for a Blue Badge. If you're unsure, check on your council's website before applying.